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Paired Passages Working with Paired Passages - Leaning in to Get the Learning Out
What is a Paired Passage? • Two passages about the same subject or with a common theme or author. After reading, students are asked questions about each individual passage as well as questions that incorporate both passages
The Basics of Paired Passages • Several types of paired passages • Informational – Informational • Informational – Fiction • Fiction - Fiction
How do they relate to CCGPS? 3 rd Grade • ELACC 3 RL 9: Compare and contrast themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e. g. , in books from a series). ELACC 3 RI 9: Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic. 4 th Grade • ELACC 4 RL 9: Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e. g. , opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e. g. , the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures. ELACC 4 RI 9: Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably. 5 th Grade • ELACC 5 RL 9: Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e. g. , mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics. ELACC 5 RI 9: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
There’s always a video… • POWTOONS Video on Paired Passages
How do I begin teaching Paired Passages in my classroom? • Have students compare and contrast two pictures.
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Integrate with Social Studies
Reading Passages Choose the Wright Andy slipped into his parka and raced towards the outskirts of town. He was glad school was over. It had been a long day of math numbers and penmanship. Miss Carol seemed determined to do him in. Andy threw his book bag over his shoulder and kept on running. Andy wasn’t the best student, but ask him anything about flying and he could spew out facts. He was a flying expert. He loved to sit and watch birds fly. He studied their landings and their takeoffs. On occasion, he had been known to capture one and try experiments with it wings. The poor creature was left to flap around indignantly. On the day Andy read the sign stating that Orville and Wilbur Wright were coming to town, he thoughthe would explode from excitement. The sign said that these two brothers were inventing a real flyingmachine and would be demonstrating it on the grassy hill above the town. Andy had hiked up hissuspenders and raced the whole three miles home barefoot to share the news. Today as Andy hiked up the grassy knoll, he was almost knocked flat on the ground. Just above himin the air was a huge flying machine. It was beautiful. Andy sat back on the grass to watch. The machine seemed to be flying all on its own. He scanned the crowd looking for the Wright brothers. He finally spotted the two. They were smiling with great pride. Use an e xce rpt
Paired Passage Activity Introduce the Graphic Organizer Read each passage (can do paired reading/ Independent) Discuss answers Directions: • • Find a group of at least 4 others. Read “Citizenship Q&A” and complete the graphic organizer (one side). Read “Journal of a New Citizen” and complete the graphic organizer (opposite side). Work with your group members to complete the middle section.
Paired Passage Activity • Writing Prompt • RACE Strategy • Answer the question in paragraph form
Resources • Read. Works www. readworks. org • Spotlight on Paired Passages (Currriculum Associates) • Info Pairs (Mondo Publishing) • Reading A to Z www. readingatoz. com